One of the main attractions at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show was the 2018 Toyota C-HR. After being a planned model to be built by Scion, was Toyota the carmaker that took the project in its hands. The recent shutdown of the Scion brand forced the Japanese company to continue with the production of this fantastic small crossover.
Now, the 2018 C-HR seems like a huge step further for the entire line-up, presenting an ambitious, daring design concept. There is a lot of tech onboard, quality in every inch we see, and plenty to talk about.
The 2018 C-HR will be competing directly with the Juke from Nissan and the Soul from Kia. This means that the competition will be tough. There is a lot to do on the way yet; not even the price was announced during the show.
The Specs We Must Know
The 2018 C-HR will be packing a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, totally capable of producing 144 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque. Along with this timid powerplant, there is a seven-speed CVT gearbox with manual mode. This setup responds to the TNGA, which stands for “Toyota New Global Architecture”.
As a modern small crossover, it is quite odd that Toyota is releasing the C-HR only with an FWD configuration. Nevertheless, there is a lot on the mechanical level that’s incredibly interesting. For example, the Engaging Sport Mode improves the amount of excitement in every single gear, also enhancing the electrically assisted power steering to make it more exciting.
A Lot to See
The 2018 C-HR is quite a spectacle to our eyes. The biggest attractive for this model is its super modern, techy style. The bold design, abundant in hard edges even when they aren’t necessary, is extremely eye-catching. In fact, the design concept is so daring and risky that we are sure that many people will shout about its ugliness.
Besides the blade-sharp form, the massive 18-inch wheels are simply outstanding. Just like the rest of the body, they transpire modernism, elegance, and style. But the trims will be determining regarding what you are getting with the C-HR.
All trims are getting a 7.0-inch multimedia screen for entertaining purposes and a 4.2-inch multifunction display between gauges. Now, the XLE trim adds dual-zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming interior mirror, power-folding and heated exterior mirrors.
The more expensive XLE Premium trim is getting heated front seats, build-spot monitoring, power driver’s seat, rear cross-traffic alert, projecting lamps, keyless start, and fog lights.
Regarding fancy tech, there is no lacking of it. All the models are getting adaptive cruise control, rearview camera, lane-departure warning, automated emergency braking, forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking, automatic high beams, and plenty of airbags.
The Bottom Line
The 2018 Toyota C-HR is a good example of taking the most from a tragedy. With Scion closing its doors, Toyota took the best from this concept and make it a reality. Now we have to wait some time to experience how good this crossover will be on the road.